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AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, PAL issue advisory against use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board


AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines issued advisory against the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board. This is after Samsung recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 sold worldwide. Reports said that the devices can catch fire while charging.

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific was first to release their advisory saying that they won’t be allowing the usage and charging of the device across all CEB and Cebgo flights starting September 11. The company won’t be allowing the said device to be stowed in checked baggage as well. Passengers may opt to handcarry it instead but must be turned off while inside the aircraft.

The flagship carrier Philippine Airlines followed next with the same policy as its competitor. Their advisory was posted on their official Facebook account today, September 12.

Low-cost airline AirAsia also banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in all of its AirAsia and AirAsia X flights.

Local carriers are just a few of airline companies issuing alerts against the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia also released similar advisories to their customers.


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Fake Philippine Airlines P99 Promo Page



Here’s another small time phishing scheme that makes use of Facebook.

A new page has been put up to front as Philippine Airlines’ promo page. The fake PAL site offers a discounted fare of P99 on all destinations nationwide. While there are some promotional fares that can go as low as this offer, netizens need to be wary of those pages that are just pretending to be affiliated with legit brands.

For instance, this PAL promo page doesn’t even carry the official domain of the carrier. PAL’s official website is simply philippineairlines.com. This fake one is way different from the official site.

Also, the fake promo page asks would-be victims to do certain steps before they could avail of the promo code.

First, victims need to like a certain page. When we’re testing this out, we we’re redirected to like the page of ‘Flight Promo’. When you actually check that page, it’s completely not related to Philippine Airlines.

Second, users will have to share this promo to their Facebook accounts and tag 20 of your friends. This is just pure spamming, right?

The third step confirms that what the people behind this site like is to spam other users and victimize more people. The culprit wants users to share this fake promo to 15 more of their friends via Facebook Messenger.

Afterwards, users can now enter the promo code which is also indicated in the fake site. However, upon doing so, users will only be redirected to more suspicious pages that would either ask you to download something or enter personal details.

This type of online threat is very common in social media platforms specially in Facebook where users don’t verify their sources before sharing it on their own accounts.

For users that fall victim to this trick, they should immediately update their Facebook passwords to avoid any possible hacking or further spread of this page and the threats that may come using it.


Sophos already blocks the associated threat on this fake page as Mal/FBScam-A.

It would really help if you have an updated antivirus program as it will be your first line of defense against these threats.

PAL, on their part, released an official statement against the said fake promo:


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PAL, Cebu Pacific to offer mobile, wi-fi services onboard

Both legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and budget airline Cebu Pacific Air will soon offer mobile and wi-fi services on board its flights according to a Rappler report.

Both companies have tied up with OnAir, a global inflight connectivity service company, which will provide the said services on long-haul flights of PAL and Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific first announced these plans July of last year and will be first installed in its A330 aircraft catering flights to the Middle East, Australia, and eventually Europe and the US.

PAL, on the other hand, will install OnAir’s technology to its Airbus A330-343s and Boeing B777-300ERs for their Asia Pacific, Australasia and North American flights.

OnAir will ensure connectivity during flights with its coverage backed by its roaming deals with 350 mobile network operators and uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband network for worldwide satellite coverage.

This is certainly an upgrade to the current Philippine Internet service setup. Will it soon come to domestic flights as well? We’re not sure yet but I hope local airports will offer wi-fi services soon.

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